SIMON EVANS LEADS FROM POLE TO FLAG IN THE OPENING eTROPHY ROUND OF SEASON TWO

22 November 2019

  • Simon Evans claims first eTROPHY victory of season two in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
  • Reigning champion Sérgio Jimenez holds off Alice Powell who take second and third respectively in the all-electric touring car series
  • PRO-AM winner Zhang Yaqi finishes fourth overall
  • VIP driver Abbie Eaton finishes fifth
  • Fellow VIP driver Reema Juffali made history by becoming the first Saudi Arabian woman to race within the Kingdom
  • Racing continues on Saturday 23 November 2019 with round two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY in Diriyah

Simon Evans has won the opening race of season two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY at the Diriyah E-Prix, in the historic UNESCO site. After starting on pole, he dominated the all-electric race leading from lights to the chequered flag. Following a competitive qualifying session which saw female drivers Abbie Eaton and Alice Powell, Jaguar Ran Racing eTROPHY Team Germany deliver impressive performances to challenge for podium positions. Brazilian Sérgio Jimenez started and finished in second to get his season off to a positive start.

It’s been amazing to come back here to Saudi Arabia and win again like I did last year. This was a particularly good race as I controlled it from the start, so I’m really happy with the result. There were other drivers who were very fast too though so I know there are no guarantees that I’ll be as successful tomorrow - but I’ll definitely be trying.

Simon Evans
Team Asia New Zealand

Alice Powell and Sérgio Jimenez jostled throughout the race, with Alice taking the opportunity to overtake with 17 minutes left on the clock. Jimenez retaliated with the pair making slight contact, this allowed the Brazilian to regain his second position. With a fastest lap time of 1:32.054, Alice’s race delivered a well-deserved a podium finish.

Abbie Eaton put in a strong debut performance in the Jaguar I-PACE racecar and held off advances from Zhang Yaqi for a large proportion of the race, especially through turns 18 and 19 which are the best overtaking opportunities on the Diriyah circuit. Zhang finished first in the PRO-AM category after he took his opportunity to pass the VIP driver with five minutes remaining when Eaton went wide.

The race went really well and I’m incredibly happy that I have been able to win the PRO-AM category. I was trying to put pressure on Abbie and I think she made a mistake which allowed me to overtake her. This season I’d really like to chase the PRO drivers but I need to try to look after my car at the same time. In qualifying – I scraped the wall in the same place twice causing some damage.

Yaqi Zhang
Jaguar China Racing

Local Saudi Arabian driver and fellow female VIP driver, Reema Juffali made history today by becoming the first Saudi Arabian woman to race within the Kingdom.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix, Round One Qualifying
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix, Round One Qualifying
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix, Round One Qualifying

It’s been an incredible day creating history in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race series. I loved being out on track in my home country for the first time and battling against the competition has been really exciting. I can’t believe it, it’s amazing! I’m looking forward to refining my ATTACK MODE strategy ahead of tomorrow’s race and really can’t wait to get back on track.

Reema Juffali
Jaguar VIP Driver in Diriyah

Season two has got off to an incredible start. The racing was close with some good, clean passes. The whole team are pleased with the introduction of ATTACK MODE, it spiced up the racing and had us on the edge of our seats right up to the final lap. Congratulations to Simon Evans for winning the first race of season two

Mark Turner
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager
SIMON EVANS LEADS FROM POLE TO FLAG IN THE OPENING ROUND OF SEASON TWO

The final race results are:

Position

Driver

Nationality

Team

Classification

1

Simon Evans

NZL

Team Asia New Zealand

PRO

2

Sérgio Jiminez

BRA

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

PRO

3

Alice Powell

GBR

Jaguar Ran Racing eTROPHY Team Germany

PRO

4

Zhang Yaqi

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

PRO AM

5

Abbie Eaton

GBR

Jaguar VIP car

Guest

6

Fahad Algosaibi

SAU

Saudi Racing

PRO AM

7

Chao Sun

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

PRO AM

8

Mário Haberfeld

BRZ

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

PRO

9

Mashhur Bal Hejaila

SAU

Saudi Racing

PRO AM

10

Reema Juffali

SAU

Jaguar VIP car

Guest

 

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round two tomorrow, Saturday 23 November at 13:05 local time as the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Round One Race Highlights

Further information

For further information about Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, please contact:

Emma White, Media Officer, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Tel: + 44 (0) 7384 438 643

Email: emma.white@jaguarracing.com

 

Emily Hogg, Global Brand and Partnerships Officer, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Tel: + 44 (0) 7384 532 605

Email: ehogg2@jaguarlandrover.com

Notes to Editors

ABOUT JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY

After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar created the world’s first all-electric touring car race series for a production car – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the all-electric series gives drivers of the future and established racers a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport. After making history in the inaugural season, the groundbreaking series will see up to 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE battery electric racecars on the grid in 10 races, across eight global cities.

New for season two is the introduction of ATTACK MODE providing an extra 20% in torque and power for a specified duration (defined at race) providing increased race strategy and additional overtaking opportunities.

The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and the team’s mission of ‘Fearless Progress’.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY partners include official tyre supplier Michelin, official charging partner ABB, technical partner Sabelt, official clothing supplier One All Sports, official racewear supplier Alpine Stars and official logistics partner DHL.